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rubble. cameras were kept at a distance as the home owners made that tour along with building inspectors, police and pg&e representatives. residents will be able to spend two more hours at the site tomorrow. but tonight, we are hearing tales of heroic rescues in the midst of chaos. len ramirez has the story of two good samaritans who rushed into a senior care home where elderly women had been left behind. >> reporter: this could easily have been one of the more tragic stories to come out of this disaster. instead, it is one of the more uplifting cases we have come across because of the actions of total strangers. >> we knew it was so big that someone needed some help somehow. reporter: seconds after the explosion rocked their neighborhood, bob and his 25- year-old son bobby drove down vermont way to homes close to the flames and found a lot of people who needed help including an elderly woman on the sidewalk. >> she was screaming, help, help, help, help! we didn't quite know if there
were kids in the house or if there was you know --we had no idea there were elderly people. >> reporter: they were at 1136 vermont, a converted nursing home, and went inside. they were shocked to find several wheelchair-bound women in their 60s, 70s and 80s who had been left behind by their female caregivers. >> i went into the family room, living room, kitchen, screaming come out, come out, fire, help, him. and there was no sound. so i looked down the hallway and i said, well, i'm going down the hallway and i looked to the right to the first bedroom, bobby went to the left and i saw an elderly lady there in a reclining chair with oxygen on and stereo headphones on with her back to the window. she had no idea that what was going on. so i took everything off her and i said, come on, sweetheart, we have to go. we have to go. >> reporter: they evacuated all six women who lived there. next-door neighbor jerry hiller was down the block at the time taking these photos of the
horrific scene. he said everyone was scared but wonders how the caregivers could just leave. >> if you had your loved ones in that home and they forgot 'em, that's what basically what happened, they were forgotten. >> reporter: arnold deleon runs the home called the golden era care home. what do you say about this? >> i want to thank the people that saved all the people in there, that's all. thank you. >> reporter: tell me about the people who were giving the care, why did they take off, can you tell us about that? >> sorry. >> reporter: can you explain what kind of caregivers they are? deleon's own mother was one of the people evacuated by the neighbors and firefighters who joined in the good samaritan effort. the two men drove the women to the hospital in their own cars. none were seriously injured. >> i have always taught my kids, help people when you can. you know? and if anybody ever says anything, oh, you know, what can i do for you helping me, pass the favor along. >> reporter: unfortunately, we were not able to get much
information out of the nursing home owner. so we don't know the status, dana, of the two women who were hired to take care of those elderly patients. we do know that the san mateo county authorities, the board of supervisors, and the ombudsman will be looking into this case. also, they might be giving a commendation to the people who helped out in this very dire situation. >> oh, my goodness. i hope they give a commendation to the two men. god bless them! those women -- they were sitting ducks. >> reporter: absolutely. the fact that one of them was sitting with her back to the window and headphones on had no idea this disaster was only, you know, a couple of hundred yards away and could have been coming towards her, very, very tragic scene possibly. but the way it turned out, just fantastic. >> profoundly moving story, len. thank you. and we're also getting a new look at the explosion here. walter mccaffrey captured this video, this is on his cell
phone. look at that. he says the blast cleanly knocked him off his feet. now also, for the first time today, governor schwarzenegger got a firsthand look at the disaster zone. phil matier says the governor is the latest of a long list of politicians to make an appearance there. >> reporter: fresh in from his asian trip, the governor's first stop was san bruno making him the latest politico to visit the blast site and promised to get answers. >> if there was a fault of somebody or a problem or something that has not been maintained or whatever it may be, you will know. there is no hiding of information, i can guarantee you that. >> reporter: he is not alone. lieutenant governor abel maldonado has already called the initial 18-month timeline for the federal investigation unacceptable and demanded quicker answers. u.s. senator barbara boxer came to the site and joined with fellow senator dianne feinstein in calling for an inspection of gas transmission pipe that come under federal control. back in washington, congressman
john garamendi joined in a call for an investigation into the age of the pipeline. >> what was considered to be the riskiest pipeline in california travels through livermore, turned out it was not the riskiest. it turned out to be the second riskiest pipeline. the first in san bruno. >> reporter: locally, state assemblyman jerry hill, whose districts include san bruno, called on pg&e to release the location of its 100 highest risk lines. >> everyone has a right to know what's under their home. the legislation... >> reporter: hill also wants a requirement that automatic remote shutoff valves be put on all high risk gas lines. >> last thursday night this fire and the explosion in that -- that inferno that was coming out of the ground lasted for over two hours because pg&e could not get their crew, according to them, could not get their crew to the valve to turn it off because it was so hot. >> reporter: but as we all know, there is a big difference between calling for action and actually getting something done, especially when politics and special interests are involved. >> where we draw the line is
when we see something actually happen. it's fine to talk about what needs to be done. the question is, who is going to get it done? >> i'm a big believer not so much in pointing fingers but the only way we can learn from things that happen from mistakes that are made is by looking into it and acknowledging it honestly and then making the changes so it doesn't happen again. >> this disaster has prompted a call for much stricter oversight of the nation's pipelines. barbara boxer and dianne feinstein will propose legislation that will expand federal oversight of unregulated pipelines. it would pay for inspectors and enforcement personnel. and it would increase the maximum fine for violations from $1 million to $2.5 million. the senators say the bill is drawn from legislation proposed yesterday by the obama administration. so where are those
transmission lines locally? the government has been keeping a tight lid on that information, but today, ken bastida got a hold of some new material. ken. >> reporter: yeah, dana, finally, you know, we are getting a more tailed look at where they are -- detailed look at where they are. you have to look around the bay area, why we're looking at a system in difficult net need of repair. -- in definite need of a repair. >> reporter: the information was downloaded to cbs 5 from the national pipeline mapping system. what it reveals could affect millions of people in contra costa and alameda counties. the two counties have the most underground pipeline systems. the map for contra costa shows gas lines stretching from bethel island and discovery bay in the east to richmond and el sobrante in the west. alameda county reveals underground transmission lines crisscrossing from albany and berkeley down to fremont and east to dublin and livermore. >> i think there is a responsibility on the part of of the operator to make sure
that there is a public awareness program and people know where these systems are. >> reporter: jeffrey egan a pipeline failure expert, says the system is aging and in some cases in immediate need of repair. >> they're old, because you don't see a lot of people out there digging trenches and putting new pipes in. >> reporter: statistics gathered by the u.s. department of transportation's office of pipeline safety show gas line accidents are actually down from the 1970s. but egan says that's not reason to get complacent. >> the aging is a natural phenomenon. it happens to us all, of course. but the important thing is the checkups. >> reporter: many of the bay area's underground pipes were put in at the end of world war ii. egan says soil and microbe corrosion is a constant process. degradation in the welding and pipe thicknesses also need constant checking. >> they need to go back and look at their program and do basically what we call recurrence control. is there a potential for this
to happen somewhere else? and that ought to be their first priority, pg&e's. >> jeffrey egan does a lot of failure analysis for the systems, also for more importantly maybe the insurance companies who look at what the risk is. he says it's right for individuals and cities to be concerned in light of the san bruno explosion but not to be alarmed. be vigilant, do the maintenance, the system should hold up even after that many years. so that's good advice. >> ed. >> good to have the information to know where the pipelines are. >> yes. >> slow coming. >> they are working on san mateo county and on san francisco county. marin county. santa clara county. it's just really difficult, their system has crashed several times trying to download it to us. they're inundated. >> we'll keep on it. we have more coverage of the san bruno explosion on our website including raw video, news conferences, 911 tapes, and information on how you can still help. that's on cbs5.com. anyone who lives in san francisco knows how hard it is
to find parking. but bay area moms say it's becoming a safety issue. who they want exempt from the parking rules. if you are looking for a quick bite to eat in the city of emeryville it might get a little more difficult. i'm ann notarangelo. i'll tell you what might be happening to those lunch trucks. and aggressive confrontations that have dogs banned from some bay area trails. ,, the black widow spider's severe bite can cause coma and even death.
the grass fire bro had a fire that briefly shut down a bay area highway on- ramp this afternoon. grassfire broke out about 2:00 in orinda burning nearly four acres next to eastbound highway 24. the cause of the fire is not known yet. the chp briefly shuttle down the orinda on -- shut down the orinda on 24 until they put the
fire out. aggressive coyotes are prompting palo alto to enforce a dog ban on hiking trails on the western side of pearson preserve. the coyotes would approach people with dogs and then bark and howl at them. while there have been no attacks, in one case a coyote did apparently nip at a dog. no word on when the trails will re-open. if you have ever tried to park in san francisco's residential neighbor, you know those parking permits are like gold. everybody else has to move their car every two hours. as mike sugerman found out, some determined nannies want to change that system. ♪ [ music ] reporter: what do you think, san francisco nannies just flying to work? no, many drive and have to worry about moving their car to avoid getting parking tickets. [ screaming ] >> reporter: especially in the 27 family-heavy neighborhoods with two-hour parking limits. it's a total of one quarter of all city streets. >> i have had a number of parking tickets in san francisco.
and they're very expensive. >> reporter: she takes care of 22-month-old nathaniel and drives in every day. should she get parking privileges? >> will you be good enough to explain all this! >> reporter: well, some moms and nannies want the city to give the nannies the same kind of parking permits people who live in the neighborhood have so they can park all day without having to move the car of two hours. >> the baby is sleeping but the parking control officer is down the street giving tickets. do you have time to go out and move the car? i guess you have to. >> it is important to nannies because we're taking care of children. and it's not like you can just run out and leave the baby if the baby is sleeping and move the car. >> reporter: it's important for nannies to have cars, say moms like sarah fairhurst who doesn't have a nanny herself. >> what if there was an emergency and you needed to take the baby to the hospital, they can take them to school, do errands. >> reporter: but people are
driving around trying to find parking spots and it's hard enough and now nannies are going to have their own permits to park?? >> i don't think so actually. >> reporter: andre davidson hires a mass transit riding nanny for 3.5-year-old ashley so there is no issue for her. but if there were? >> no, there's first of all no reason why they can't take the child with them. and i actually don't have an issue. kids sleeping? you know? for five minutes you can come outside your house. >> reporter: the metropolitan transportation agency will end up making the final determination on this nanny transportation issue. [ music ] ♪ [ music ] ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: mike sugerman cbs 5. ♪ [ music ] >> let's take a spoonful of sugar and get the latest forecast. >> that's a woman who listens to her forecast. did you notice she had an umbrella ready to go? wait until you see our seven- day forecast! first up, however, live cbs 5 weather camera looking towards coit tower. the sky is blue. the air temperature now at 59
degrees. and the winds are out of the west at 18 adding a little bit of a briskness to the atmosphere for the evening commute. meanwhile, transition now to ocean beach where the coast actually is a little clearer. we do have some stratus that's building in the form of low clouds and fog and this will be pushing back all the way inland over night. this evening, if you are out and about, the winds are out of the west 10 to 20 miles per hour. so it's a breezy evening with your sundowner at 7:18. here you have the leading edge of the marine layer. it's pushing into our inland areas and as it does so, everybody is cloudy for tomorrow morning's sun-up. but then we see some sunshine, high pressure still in command for at least one more day. bottom line is, temperatures tomorrow will be pretty much seasonal until that area of low pressure moves in. and then the numbers will be going down. meanwhile let's take a look at the numbers. 71 in los gatos. we'll have the seven-day forecast forecast when i'm
but those mobile street vendors could soon be harder to find in one east bay c they're popping up all over the place but those mobile street vendors could soon be harder to find at least in one east bay city. ann notarangelo shows us traditional restaurants say they're fed up with them. >> reporter: exactly, allen. so if you're in emeryville and you're hungry you have a few options. you can come to the public market, check out a restaurant or check out one of the food trucks that drive around usually at your workplace at lunchtime. but some people are saying, something's got to go. reporter: >> this way every delivering fresh food to people at
lunchtime is booming. >> reporter: when richard spots the trail he stops. >> restaurant food as conveniently as you can get it and the prices are good. >> reporter: john's prizes himself for serving gourmet food on the street corner. he does brisk business proving to him he is filling a need in emeryville. >> there are three restaurants serving virtually the same menu at the same price point. now they have choices. >> reporter: foodies might like it but some of the restaurants object. >> i used to have two large tables and three tiny bistro tables set up, up until last week and one of the restaurants was complaining so much that my landlord asked plea to take them down. >> reporter: patrick owns cafe aquarium. should all lunch trucks be banned? >> no, not in my opinion. i think there are places for them. >> reporter: but he doesn't like the lunch truck parked near an established restaurant. are the lunch trucks, are they
cutting into brick and mortar restaurants business? >> they are. yes. plus, we're a little off the beaten path here. we need to get people to walk up the block to get to us and to do so they have to pass multiple trucks to do so. >> reporter: the current mobile catering ordinance hasn't been updated since 1988. emeryville is setting up a task force to decide if they should limit the number of trucks, where and how they do business and possibly raising permit fees. that could run some of the trucks out of town. one says if emeryville wants to be a livable urban community, the lunch truck model just doesn't fit. a row of trucks just doesn't create the a.m. bens ofambience. >> you're invested in a truck, not your community. >> reporter: he is certainly invested in his trailer, but also sees the need to limit who does business. since the beginning of spring, the number of food trucks serving high-end food has tripled. is that too much competition?
it doesn't matter to customers, who ultimately decide who wins. >> the food is good. if there were restaurants that good i would go there, too. >> reporter: the city manager says he thinks the task force will come up with some sort of compromise. he thinks they will decide to limit the number of trucks and also perhaps where they operate but nothing is going to happen for quite some time. they think a task force is going to take six months to come up with anything. >> dana was just telling me some cities they consolidate them. put them all in one place. any talk of that in emeryville as far as then would you have them all in one spot and variety? >> reporter: yes, the restaurant owner we talk to said that would be viable for the brick and mortar restaurants and also for the lunch trucks. so yes that could be something that they would consider. >> all right. ann notarangelo in emeryville, thank you. if you love fast food but you're worried about clogging your arteries, british researchers have a solution. they say you can chow down on the burgers, shakes, fries and still have a healthy heart. all it takes is a little pill.
dr. kim mulvihill joins us. sounds too good to be true, kim. >> do you think? [ laughter ] >> reporter: researchers in london say you can neutralize the heart-clogging dangers of fast food by taking a cholesterol busting drug. they are called statins. but before you open wide and pop that pill, one prominent bay area cardiologist warns, this idea should make you gag. >> sit down, please. >> reporter: make that a burger, fries and a side of lipitor, please. it could happen. as a public service, british researchers proposed just that, fast-food restaurants should dish out complimentary anticholesterol drugs. >> it sounds crazy but the economic impact of obesity on the medical industry is one that's not insignificant. >> i don't know how i would feel to go to mcdonald's say okay here's your burger and two pills that counteract your burger which would kind of make you not want to eat the
burger. >> reporter: farfetched? yes. but researchers say balancing fast foods and statins may reduce the risk of heart attack. despite healthy offerings, americans continue to eat high calorie fatty foods. >> at least five times a week. >> i eat the [ bleep ] but it's just what i can afford right now is cheap. >> reporter: a doctor works in a san francisco emergency room. >> personal choices, deciding what to eat is the project the easiest thing and cheapest as well. >> reporter: but not so fast with the fast food and statins. ucsf cardiologist dr. rita readburg calls the proposal crazy, awful. >> it's very hard in many instances to reproduce the effects of the healthy lifestyle by taking a medication. there are other ways to prevent heart attacks. you can change your diet. you can walk more. you can stop smoking. this is a really effective way to prevent a heart attack and they have no known side effects. >> reporter: unlike statins, they carry a risk of serious
side effects. however, the whopper? that people will use statins as an excuse to eat more bad food. that's why chasing cheeseburgers with medication is hard to swallow. how advisable is it for fast- food restaurants to dole out drugs and allow people to use them without medical supervision? this proposal is laced with legal, medical and ethical concerns. >> you know, skeptic in me wants to know, did the pharmaceutical companies have anything to do with this push? >> reporter: with that research? >> yes. >> reporter: good point. >> all right. kim, thank you so much. well, next, pg&e's safety record under scrutiny. tough questions the company answered tonight. and off the air, the campaign ad that's being pulled from several stations across california. and a proposal that could have you paying more. the bay area cities looking to
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bruno. federal investigators have wrapped up their workty site. the timeline of events could be released in a month. today residents got a chance to go into their ruined homes to see if they could retrieve any belongings and for the first time governor schwarzenegger toured the disaster site. tonight simon perez says pg&e faces tough questions about the rest of its bay area pipeline network. >> reporter: pg&e is under a lot of pressure to answer questions about how it responded to the fire, how it maintained the pipeline system, and how it plans to protect the public in the future. here's some of the answer to the questions. reporter: one area the ntsb investigation looks at is how long it took crews to get to the manual shutoff valve to cut the flow of gas to the fire. >> the type of valve we install depends on the pipe's application. we have manual shutoff valves in a number of pipes. they're an industry standard.
they are monitored 24/7. we have people looking at the system 24 hours a day 7 days a week. >> reporter: but it took people a while. wouldn't it have been faster if there was an automatic shutoff and you didn't have to physically go to it? >> it depends. as far as the response time, you know, we always want to respond as quickly as safety allows. >> reporter: on the night of the fire, and in the days following, cbs 5 interviewed several people who said they smelled gas in the neighborhood in the days before. >> in this neighborhood, we found one call in july where two customers reported the smell of gas. we came out, determined it was a small leak near a meter at a home. we repaired that immediately. we haven't found any other calls besides that. >> reporter: and so the half dozen people we interviewed who said they smelled gas in the last week they just didn't call? >> we -- i -- i don't know. but -- but, you know, it is important that if you do smell gas, give us a call. >> reporter: these pg&e documents show the company wanted to repair a mile-long section of pipe in south san francisco north of the
explosion site as far back as 2008. pg&e received permission to raise rates to pay for the replacements but never did it. so what does that say about raising rates if you say it's bad and it's not so bad but you still kept the money. >> well, that funding was spent. in fact -- in fact, we spent more than -- more than we asked for in that -- in those three years on working on pipes. the money was just basically reprioritized. >> reporter: then pg&e submitted a second report saying the same section of pipe ranked in the top 100 highest risk lines sections that it had a high risk and likelihood of failure and that it had the potential impact radius of 415 feet and is located in a heavily urbanized area. >> between the time that we filed that and now, we actually reevaluated that section of pipe and did downgrade that. >> reporter: okay. so downgraded twice from the first time and the second time?
>> correct. >> reporter: i mean, how does it keep going up and down? can you explain to the viewers? i live next to some places unacceptably high and we have it wrong, no, it's not? >> sure, it's a constant assessment. we are constantly assessing the safety of our system reliability of our system. when we find that -- when we reevaluate it we change this evaluation immediately. >> so what is the status of it now? it's downgraded to what? >> it is not on that top 100 list. i'm not sure exactly where it is. >> reporter: okay. so it is a little bit confusing. pg&e says that that section of pipe under south san francisco was in the top 100 list and dana, even though they didn't do anything to it, now they say it's not. >> hopefully, the ntsb will help clear this up a little bit more. simon perez, thank you. hey, big spender... meg whitman has just broken a
record previously held by new york mayor michael bloomberg. she has now poured $119 million into her campaign. it's the highest personal contribution by a candidate to a single election in american history. and that as she battles a new ad that takes aim at her education platform. don knapp shows us that ad not from her opponent jerry brown, either. don? >> reporter: while we may expect some nuance in the campaign ads, there is some copy in the latest antiwhitman ad from the california teachers union that could get folks in trouble including the tv station that air it at least that's the claim of the attorney working for the whitman campaign. >> whitman says we should cut another $7 billion from our schools. teacher layoffs, 100,000 more. 33% larger class sizes. and even more cuts to arts and music programs. >> reporter: but meg whitman's attorney calls this spot a lie. he fired off a letter to television stations telling managers they can be held liable for slanderous or libelous statements if they run
the ad. most television stations including cbs 5 have stopped running the ad. >> speaking of negative ads, you know, the california teachers association, uhm, put up an ad that was absolutely blatantly false. >> reporter: whitman talked about the ad today in san francisco during an appearance at yelp. >> they said that i wanted to cut the education budget by $7 billion and lay off 100,000 teachers. i never said anything like that. in fact, my third priority is education. >> reporter: what does the cta have to say? >> have meg tell us where she is going to get money from. that's all we're asking. teachers want to know. >> reporter: but the ad says meg says she is going to take $7 billion from education. >> yeah. >> reporter: she doesn't say that. >> that's what her plan says. >> reporter: her plan doesn't say that according to her attorney. >> you can talk to the attorneys about it. i'm just telling you the real question is, where is the money coming from? >> reporter: meanwhile, cta has modified the ad and is sending it out to tv stations. here's the modified version. >> meg whitman's plan says yes, whitman's plan could cut
another $7 billion from our schools. >> reporter: now instead of saying whitman would take $7 billion from education it says she plans to take the money. what a difference a word makes. comcast said it has received a new cta ad and will begin airing it tomorrow. cta says anyone who wants to see the original ad can do so on the cta website. >> it's worth looking at her plan, too. don knapp, thanks. we all know that california is struggling to pay its bills. so are a number of bay area cities. voters in antioch, concord, el cerrito, san leandro and union city are all considering local tax measures this november that would push sales tax rates near or above 10%. sherry hu is in el cerrito, which is one of two bay area cities where the sales tax would climb to 10.25%. >> reporter: dana, ready to shop? this is one of the things el cerrito is known for, san pablo avenue. it's a commercial corridor and it's lined with stores, restaurants, mom and pop
businesses. now, this city is small with only 24,000 people. and it relies heavily on property and sales taxes. shoppers are spending, but still looking for sales. >> pennies do add up. they certainly do. and they are important. >> reporter: el cerrito voters will decide how important, being asked for a half cent hike in the sales tax and if approved, shoppers will pay one of the highest in the bay area, at 10.25%. >> that's a lot. that would make me reconsider i guess coming here. >> reporter: coming to el cerrito? >> yeah, possibly. >> it might. it just would depend on what it is and what the bottom line would be on the price. >> reporter: like many other cities, el cerrito says it's in a financial bind. without more money, vacant positions for a firefighter and two police officers won't be filled, in fact they would be cut. the swim center would shut down during the winter for five weeks. city workers will be forced to take furlough days. and a break in tradition, no
4th of july celebration. fire chief lance maple says the city council wouldn't have put the sales tax measure on the november ballot if it didn't think it would have a chance of passing. according to a recent survey, locals said they consider an increase to keep city services. >> they understood that the message was loud and clear from the community that we serve, that they were interested in seeing this going out to the voters for a final decision. >> reporter: two years ago, voters here already agreed to a half cent tax hike to maintain the streets. mike and elizabeth smith supported the increase then. but this is now. >> i don't think very much of the idea. we're paying enough sales tax as it is now. so i'm really not for it. >> unfortunately, there's not much alternative for us. el cerrito is not an industrial city. we don't produce anything. >> reporter: and that is why this business corridor is a staple to the city's financial survival. now, the city says the sales tax measure does have the backing of the chamber of
commerce. sales tax measures on the november ballot need only a simple majority for approval. now, did i some checking around the bay area -- i did some checking around the bay area. the sales tax ranges from 8.75% to 9.75%. next the human power of horses. >> the horse gave me a reason to get up every morning. >> the east bay woman helping sick and disabled children master new skills. the giants have already inched closer to first place. i'm dennis o'donnell. >> are you ready. >> yeah! >> and we'll introduce you to a former nfl star now coaching in the bay area. our state is in a real mess. and i'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to make some tough decisions. we have to live within our means. we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people.
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week's jefferson award winner, a woman who isn't horsing around. >> reporter: 15-year-old emma mcgregor suffers from a terminal illness that attacks her central nervous system but the horses don't mind. are they like your friends? >> yeah. >> reporter: her mother says emma is slow to speak and walk, but quick to warm up to melanie buerke and her horses. >> when she is out here riding on them, she can have a chance to feel like any other little girl who wants to ride a horse. >> reporter: that's just how melanie wants kids to feel when they come to son rise equestrian foundation, the nonprofit she founded in 2005. she uses horses to reach children with disabilities and serious illnesses. >> they are beautiful, strong, loyal. to be able to partner with an animal like that is beyond anything that you can do it. >> reporter: melanie knows the healing power of horses. she says she has been rescued by horses twice in her life. as a child, melanie's parents
split up. her mother's gift gave her relief. >> she bought me a horse and i goon ride that horse and it gave me a reason to get up every morning. >> reporter: then as an adult. >> my mom was dying of cancer. and again, another horse in my life putted me through that gave me the courage to carry on. >> just like that. she will go faster like that. >> reporter: through sonrise equestrian, the former death penalty court reporter rounds up several volunteers to offer free one on one riding lessons to nearly 40 children in alameda and contra costa counties. other sonrise programs teach kids to care for donated or rescued horses in need of rehabilitation. and every year, the nonprofit brings miniature horses. >> i want the kids who come to sonrise to be able to tap into the same joy, the same connection and commitment to the horse that i did. and to have something to live for. >> reporter: you can't tell 11-
year-old jordan silas has adhd when he is riding. eric lee says melanie's program has helped his 12-year-old autistic daughter grow by leaps and bounds. >> there is more determination to finish tasks that translates into other things and better concentration in tasks like puzzles. >> i'm overjoyed to see the kids who come here and have built community and have gotten better. >> reporter: for providing children in crisis healing through horses this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to melanie buerke. sharon chin, cbs 5. >> sonrise equestrian's biggest fundraiser is this saturday, september 18. if you would like more information, use the links that we have posted in our story about melanie at cbs san francisco.com. and then click watch and listen. happy independence day to several countries south of the border. we're celebrating hispanic heritage month here at cbs 5. coming up we'll talk to the
but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours... they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results
celebrating hispanic heritage month ... joe vazquez joins us live from the party. joe with guest joe vazquez, thanks it's independence day, cbs 5 celebrating hispanic heritage month. joe vazquez join us. >> reporter: it's spanish heritage month. it will be the bicentennial tomorrow. it's a big deal here. today's event at cbs 5 is also the kickoff for the san francisco latino film festival. we are joined by mr. ramirez. you are the director. give us a thumbnail of what folks can see. >> a thumbnail. we have kicking off on thursdays with under tow which is a film that's going to be going into theatrical release and we'll have 33 films in -- from 12 countries in five different communiques around the bay area anchored here in
san francisco at the roxy and mission cultural center. so come out and support the film festival and visit our website. >> reporter: one film is about the wall. they are building a wall down on the border a very interesting documentary that purports to show an objective side to, you know, talking to folks on both sides and just getting the people angle. what are people feeling down there? but allen, a lot of interesting films going on. a lot of people interested in seeing roberta gonzales as soon as she can make it off the set. [ laughter ] >> a little job to do. >> yeah. >> only because they want to know if it's really going to rain this weekend. that's why they want me in the other room! and we do have a roller coaster weather forecast that continues on that ride. in fact, let's go ahead and head outside. our live cbs 5 weather camera now does suggest that we have clear skies inland and look at the bank of the leading edge of the low clouds and fog off the coast beginning to move into the city by the bay. the city of san francisco... where today's high , 61 down from the average
high of 71. tonight we'll bottom out in the upper 50s in santa rosa to the low 50s in san jose. mid-50s common across the bay. again that leading edge of the bank of low clouds and fog will track inland again playing tag with the ultimate pass and gradually working back through walnut creek, concord, clayton, into the santa clara valleyas well before it retreats over the santa cruz mountains. this is a disturbance. this doesn't really look that poe-tenths and this has some cooler air associated with it. it doesn't look that potent. by the time it hits california, cooler conditions by friday. but meanwhile, it looks like tomorrow we'll see temperatures averaging still about 1 to 6 degrees off the mark. now, bottom line, 78 degrees in san jose. 81 los gatos. 74 in fremont. meanwhile east bay numbers from the mid-60s in berkeley to the mid-80s in brentwood. wow! north bay numbers, 77 in san anselmo to low 80s i napa, 62
in bodega bay. good look at the channel five- day forecast. there you have the temperature span tomorrow. 61 to 86. then it looks like we'll have that chance of rain showers saturday and sunday, both days, turning partly cloudy for monday through tuesday and wednesday. mypix sent to us by karen and jeff from monterey bay. thank you so much. keep the photos coming to email@example.com. >> that is a great picture. local high school benefits from an nfl caliber coaching staff. i'm dennis o'donnell. and is any publicity good publicity? lebron james can weigh in on that next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
before the giants take the giants take the field, they got plenty of good news today. no scoreboard watching needed tonight... before the giants take the field tonight they got plenty of good news today. no school board washing needed this evening. try tulowitski put the rockies on his shoulder as colorado tried to avoid being swept at home by san diego. 3rd inning up 2-1, make it 5-1. tulowitski takes him deep. he is on a tear. 7 runs batted in thanks to his second home run.
tulowitski with 11 home runs in the last 13 games. rockies beat the padres 9-6. the nationals are just spectators again in the pennant race but helped the giants. jason maxwell batting just .132 for the season. but then, second inning, slugs a grand slam to left. a lot of people at that game, washington beats the wild card leading braves 4-2. so with the win tonight, the giants will be just a half game behind the padres in the west. and a half game behind the braves in the wild card. they are closing in. after crushing alameda high 59- 10 in their opener, the bishop o'dowd dragons will take on saint ig nation, at home this friday. the buzz around campus is o'dowd's new head coach. >> let's go! let's go! >> i want every guy on our football teach to reach their potential. >> go, go, go, go! >> reporter: former cal and nfl linebacker hardy nickerson is taking the helm as head coach of the bishop o'dowd football teach. >> good job. >> reporter: years removed from
the nfl, these players remember him for a different reason. >> after, you know, 16 years in the nfl and retiring seven years ago, a lot of kids remember me more for my character on madden. >> i used to play with madden. he had a good rating. you were up in the 90s. i get stuff like that all the time. >> are you ready. >> yes! >> are you ready. >> yeah! >> reporter: it's only fitting that the nfl linebacker who was once label the dragon in a dennis hopper commercial. >> this man who plays for the tampa bay buccaneers is hardy nickerson but often goes by the name of dragon -- >> reporter: is now coaching the bishop o'dowd dragons. >> i had no idea this would be coming in the future when they did that commercial. no one is calling the coach dragon yet. i'm sure i'll get it soon to
though. >> reporter: nickerson has assembled chris turner the nephew of norv turner is his offensive coordinate. >> there's the same mistake yesterday. we fixed it nice. >> secondary coach donovin darius. he finished his career with the raiders so we're very fortunate to have all the those guys here. >> reporter: nickerson's player are responding positively to the wealth of coaching knowledge at their disposal. >> i look at every different way which i can to motivate the kids and get them to think about their goals. >> watch where you're going right now. >> it's very danger trust and often angry... >> act casual... [ laughter ] >> don't mess with the dragons. lebron james is not universally loved. >> no. >> but he is getting closer to his goal of becoming a global icon. >> i'm going to take my talents to south beach. >> reporter: with those words, those simple words, he turned
from hero to villain. according to the company that tracks the celebrity's level of recognition, king james now viewed negatively by 39% of the population increasing from 17% earlier this year's left cleveland for the miami heat of the. all that lebron -- can't crack the least popular list. michael vick, tiger woods, chat ocho cinco, t.o. and kobe bryant. more people had an opinion on lebron. so maybe it was worth it after all. >> know who he is. >> do we have the most popular anchor picks? can have you that graphic, please? >> oh, ha. >> it's not done? oh, darn. sorry. >> i'm sure your name will be at the top of the list, though, dennis. >> good thing we didn't sh it. see you at 10:00 and 11:00. good night. ,, 3q
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